DREAM Act of USA and the application process
DREAM Act to provide lawful support to the young undocumented immigrants in USA
President brought in many reforms on Immigration front, DREAM Act is a major one. The word stands for “Development, relief, and Education for Alien Minors” Act. This Act is legislation proposed long time back and remained pending for some time now.
The significance the Act brings
The legislation provided support to students and young people who are undocumented and were brought in by smuggling along with their parents years back. The young people who brought to USA when they were young children and have now grown up to are young individuals. Unfortunately, they have no way to work in the country lawfully or legally, in spite of staying here for years now.
The beneficiaries of the Act
The law would provide security and benefit too many of those young undocumented immigrants who have no fault at all for being unlawfully present in the country.
There are more than 60,000 students graduating from high school and may qualify for DREAM ACT.
Advantages of DREAM ACT
The students or children who have grown up in USA can apply for “temporary legal status” and eventually they may apply for permanent residency or even citizenship of US. They will be stay legally in the country and can work too.
The economic advantage for USA
There are about 2.1 million youth in the country who can reside legally after the Act is passed and they qualify for the same.
DREAM ACT has the capability of adding $329 billion to the economy of the nation and by 2030; more than a million of job can be created through this ACT, as estimated by an Agency.
Eligibility for making an application
• An applicant should not be convicted for any criminal offense in the past.
• Must have come to the country at or before the age of 15, or else, might have come to the country at least 5 years before the DREAM Act enactment.
• Must have graduated from a US high School or should hold a GED.
Process of making an application
Those who meet the above criteria can submit their documents for qualifying for the program. The four centres of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service would be looking into the applications submitted on a case to case basis. It may take a few weeks to review the status of every application.